DPS Welcomes Its Newest Police Officer
With great enthusiasm and pride, I introduce you to our newest officer in Police Services, Officer Lugardo Chavez! Officer Chavez is “home grown,” graduating from CSUN in December 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology & Justice Studies. During his time at CSUN, he was a member of Police Services, serving the campus community as part of Matador Patrol.
On July 25th, after six months of rigorous physical fitness and law enforcement training, Officer Chavez graduated from the 208th class of the Rio Hondo Police Academy. What set Officer Chavez apart from his fellow 45 cadets in the Academy was his overall performance that exemplifies his commitment to his law enforcement career and future with CSUN DPS. Officer Chavez earned the award for Honor Cadet, elected Academy Class President, and was the (record-breaking) top performer in the Nike Hill Challenge! To appreciate what this means, allow me to elaborate:
- Honor Cadet – The Honor Cadet award is given to the cadet who excelled in all areas of academy instruction. From firearms proficiency, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics and written exams covering more than 40 learning domains statutorily required by the State, to physical fitness and leadership, this award is given to the cadet who exemplified what it means to give 100%, and his aggregate scores were the top in his class.
- Academy Class President – The president position is decided by class vote. Officer Chavez was voted the class president for Class 208 and worked alongside his peers in order to successfully make it to graduation. The president’s position serves as a pillar of service and teamwork in one of the most trying professions.
- Nike Hill Challenge – The Nike Hill Challenge is a tradition amongst Rio Hondo Academy classes, where every cadet who has attended the academy can recount their experience on this famous, or infamous, run. The course consists of a 1.5 mile run up the mountain on which the academy is located, and 1.5 miles down to the finish line. Cadets are timed, and Class 208 had one of its very own, Officer Chavez, shatter the previous standing record (23:29) by over a minute, setting a new record (22:17) that may stand for years to come.
- Guide-on (Flag Barer) – The Guide-On is a position appointed by the Senior Recruit Training Officer and Officer Chavez was selected to fly the class colors through the final two months of the academy.
We are always looking for exceptional individuals who want to make a difference in this community. Should you want to explore your career potential as an officer at CSUN, please read more about it here.
Chief Greg Murphy
Text to 911 Capability to Reach CSUN Police Services
Since 2017, CSUN Police Services 911 center can accept text to 911 calls from the CSUN community. Here is how it works: Text to 911 is a free program for sending a text message addressed to “911” instead of placing a phone call. To use it, you address the message to 911 and enter the emergency in the body of the text, making sure that you also add your exact location, or else our dispatch center won’t be able to dispatch help your way. Since it is all text based, you will hear a response for more follow-up questions, or when help is on the way. Text-to-911 is useful for any situation in which it is dangerous or impossible to speak. It also allows for improved technology for our deaf population on campus.
Should you have any questions about this new feature to reach CSUN Police in an emergency, please contact public information officer, Christina Villalobos at (818) 677-7922.
CSUN Police Strengthen Positive Relationship with Campus Community
To enhance the California State University, Northridge Department of Police Services’ strong relationship with the community, in late August 2017 officers began using body-worn cameras when in the field.
CSUN’s police department is one of the first in the CSU system to deploy the cameras. In addition to the transparency and accountability provided by the cameras’ recordings, numerous studies have shown they encourage respectful behavior by both officers and members of the public, said CSUN Chief of Police Anne Glavin. Members of the community will see the cameras on the upper center of the officer’s chest and a “red” light indicating the camera is active.
“We are proud of the positive relationship we have with the CSUN community and the level of trust that our community has in its police department,” Glavin said. “It is important that we always seek ways to improve the high-quality service expected of our department. This technology is being adopted by police departments across the country, and it’s our turn.”
Using body-worn cameras is just the latest example of CSUN police efforts to strengthen its relationship with and service to the campus community. Read More